(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On November 8th, 2019 at around 9:00 pm officers with the Kenora detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to the Market Square after reports were made that a violent disturbance was in progress.
Allegations are that a couple were observed walking together. The woman had some sunflower seeds and the man wanted some, but the woman did not want to share. At this point the man grabbed the bag and the woman pulled back, refusing the man sunflower seeds. This is where things got nasty.
Further allegations are that the man pushed the woman to the ground and then got on top of her in what appeared to be an effort to force the sunflower seeds from her hands. This is when a group of REAL Concerned Citizens got involved and removed the man from the woman. Officers arrived and arrested 22-year-old Cory Ogemah.
Ogemah appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via telephone call from the Kenora detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. He appeared before Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman, Crown Attorney Manon Arbour and a duty counsel lawyer. He was charged with a single count of assault.
The Crown is consenting to Ogemah’s release today on his own undertaking under the following condition:
- Do not contact the alleged victim.
His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman asks Ogemah if he can follow the proposed condition. Ogemah indicates that he can try. Justice of the Peace Leaman doesn’t seem convinced with Ogemah’s response. Duty counsel states that they know the alleged victim and that she will likely attempt to contact him over and over. His Worship Leaman tells Ogemah that it is his responsibility to refuse contact and avoid the woman, and that she is not ordered not to contact him but he is ordered not to contact her.
Ogemah is granted his release and walks out of the police station a free man He is scheduled to be back in the Kenora courthouse on December 5th, 2019 to begin answering to the charge.